Whoopi questions whether white people need to ‘get beat’ by police before reforms happen

The death of Tyre Nichols in Memphis after being beaten by police sparked protests across the nation, and given her chance to comment, “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg’s inflammatory take had her telling viewers, “don’t write us and tell me…what a racist I am.”

(Video: ABC)

The release of the police bodycam footage documenting the violent death of 29-year-old Nichols after being pulled over for a traffic stop in Memphis, Tennessee was met with anger and disgust regardless of political leanings, but only destructive protests from the left. Monday, leading off an emotional opening segment prior to hosting guests that included Nichols’ parents and race-baiting attorney Ben Crump, Goldberg wasted no time tossing fuel on the fires that have spread throughout the country with a take that she had the entirety of the weekend to consider.

“I ask this question way too many times at this table, but you know, when will the brutality finally lead to some police reform from the ground up?” she began within reason. “Because clearly, it doesn’t matter if it’s a white policeman or a black policeman, it is a problem in the police — in the policing itself, you know.”

It was then that Goldberg turned up the heat and presented, “Seems things don’t seem to make sense to people unless it’s somebody they can feel or they can recognize. But how many times do we have to see — do we need to see white people also get beat before anybody will do anything?”

“I’m not suggesting that,” she claimed in what by no means would be considered a retraction of her statement. “So don’t write us and tell me what a, you know, what a racist I am.”

“I’m just asking is that what people have to see in order to wake up and realize this affects us all,” Goldberg added in defense of her argument.

Larry Elder addressed Goldberg’s remarks about white people on Sunday when he responded to the Obamas weighing in to say Nichol’s death is a “painful reminder” of the need for police reform — the key here being that the media does not salivate over incidents involving white people.

Whoopi’s ABC co-hosts proceeded around the table attacking the police as a body rather than the individual officers charged in the beating death of Nichols, with comments that included Sunny Hostin suggesting white people need to watch the video “because they know it’s not going to happen to their kid.” Ana Navarro claimed that cops were out “hunting” to find a victim, “People would have done more to help a dog than they did to help Tyre Nichols,” and “this is why” critical race theory needs to be taught in schools.

The discussion eventually came back around to Goldberg who, despite her earlier claims, continued down the racism rabbit hole.

Switching again from a common sense argument that police should have “a sense of humanity” and be qualified to do the job, she pivoted to declare, “I’ve had it up to here with this sh*t. I’ve had it up to here because I don’t know what we have to do. I don’t get it.”

(Video: ABC)

“Is it just because folks have dehumanized us and made us like some kind of monsters? I listen to that other side on television and they talk about us like we have no humanity,” she concluded before rallying the audience and viewers to take unspecified action to make their voices heard.


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